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Krk, Croatia

Written on: Wednesday June 11th, 2008

A journal entry from: Europe

We have had to let the weather dictate our itinerary. The original plan was to head south in Italy and take the ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik. We battled stormy weather all week at the villa and the morning of our departure was the worst day ever so we decided to attack Croatia from the north instead. A wise decision! We are now on the island of Krk in northern Croatia and the weather is beautiful.

The week at the villa went by all too quickly. It was a great time to meet new people and visit with old friends. The location was superb with the hill top villages of Assisi, Perugia, and Montepulciano within a short drive. Bev and I took our bikes out every day and got lost somewhere new. Luckily we always managed to make it back before the regular evening storm, as it could get pretty wet. The men and women competed with each other to produce such marvelous meals. It wasn t all that hard given the richness of the materials available to cook with.

We have begun our Croatian adventure on Krk an island in the Adriatic Sea just south of the Istrian peninsula. Although we have not been at this particular place before, in 1976 we did drive down the entire Yugoslavian coast and back through the interior. So much has happened to Yugoslavia in the interval (to begin with Yugoslavia as a country no longer exists) and we are anxious to see how our memories correspond to the new realities. If Krk is any indication the change has been enormous! This place now resembles more the French or Italian Rivieras than the coast we remember. Croatia is now one of the world s top tourist destinations and it is easy to see why. The development here is very well done. No concrete, no highrises just beautiful apartments, villas and campgrounds. The village has largely been renovated and taken over by northern Europeans as it is such a short distance from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There are cafes and restaurants everywhere serving all sorts of food. The beaches stretch forever and the harbour is full of multimillion dollar yachts. All the same the prices are far lower than coastal France or Italy so it s a place to enjoy before it changes too much.

 

From Lorraine McKay on Jun 12th, 2008

You will not be disappointed with Croatia. We thought it was beautiful. There's a cute little seaside resort called Cavat that we really enjoyed. Anyways, I guess I don't need to say "have fun" cause you obviously are!

From Sharon on Jul 3rd, 2008

Great to hear see your photos of Umbria. We just arrived back last night after Positano, Elba, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Cote D'Azure and Provence - all wonderful! xo Sharon